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					                                                        San José State University
                                                       Philosophy Department
                                                   Spring 2012 course offerings


PHILOSOPHY MAJORS, MINORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS:
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR COURSES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE THERE IS NO GUARANTEE
WE WILL BE ABLE TO ADD YOU ONCE ADVANCE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.
Philosophy 09: Math and Logic for General Education           Satisfies Core GE area B4
Fundamental concepts of logic and mathematics, their applications and philosophy. 3 units

Philosophy 10: Introduction to Philosophy (multiple sections) Satisfies Core GE area C2
Perennial problems in philosophy, such as Who am I? What is Real? What can I know? Classical philosophical statements bearing
on these issues. 3 units

Philosophy 12: Philosophy of the Person               Satisfies Core GE area E
Philosophical issues concerning origins, development and maturation of personality and self within both social and natural
environments. Issues of gender, race, ethnicity and psychological health pertaining to personality and self and the interaction of the
person with the social and natural environment. 3 units

Philosophy 57: Logic and Critical Reasoning (multiple sections) Satisfies Core GE area A3
Basic concepts of logic; goals and standards of both deductive and inductive reasoning; techniques of argument analysis and
assessment; evaluation of evidence; language and definition; fallacies. 3 units

Philosophy 61: Moral Issues (multiple sections) Satisfies Core GE area C2
Moral philosophy covering major ethical theories, concepts such as justice, free-will, and moral responsibility, and contemporary
moral issues. 3 units

Philosophy 66: Introduction to Aesthetics               Satisfies Core GE area C1
Issues such as the nature of beauty and ugliness, definition of art, creativity, and interpretation and evaluation of art. Philosophical
discussion of works of art and our responses to them. 3 units

Philosophy 70A: Ancient Philosophy          Satisfies Core GE area C2
Includes pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; and Hellenistic, Roman, and Medieval philosophy. 3 units

Philosophy 70B: Modern Philosophy        Satisfies Core GE area C2
Such 17th & 18th Century philosophers as Francis Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. 3
units

Philosophy 70C: Contemporary Philosophy
Introduction to 20th century philosophical movements, such as Feminism, Pragmatism, Logical Positivism, Ordinary Language,
Analysis, Asian Philosophy, and Phenomenology. Topics come from metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, and social and
political philosophy. Repeatable for credit. 3 units

Philosophy 104: Asian Philosophy         Satisfies Advanced GE area V
Philosophical examinations of Confucianism, Daoism, Hindiusm, Buddhism and some other significant movements of thought
originated in Asia. Comparison with Western philosophy. Prerequisites: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test,
and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of,
or corequisite in a 100W course is required. 3 units

Philosophy 110: Science, Technology and Human Values           Satisfies Advanced GE area V
The aims, methods and world views of science and technology; such value issues as technological determinism, design aesthetics and
moral implications of computer and other technologies. Prerequisites: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test,
and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of,
or corequisite in a 100W course is required. 3 units

Phil 119: Africana Philosophy and Culture
Philosophical examination of the ideological roots of social movements in black diaspora cultures from Be-Bop to Hip-Hop.
Prerequisite: 3 units of philosophy or upper division standing. 3 units
Phil 120: Eastern and Western Philosophy
Comparative examination of Eastern philosophy (including Confucianism, philosophical Taoism, Buddhist thought) and Western
philosophy around some perennial issues and concerns, investigating how they could jointly contribute to the common philosophical
enterprise in a complementary way. Prerequisite: 3 units of philosophy or upper division standing. 3 units

Phil 133: Ethics in Science
An examination of values and practices in the culture of science. Issues: transmission of values in scientific communities, interactions
between scientific and lay communities, historical development of norms of responsible research, cultural influence on scientific
values. Prerequisites: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who
begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. 3
units

Philosophy 134: Computers, Ethics and Society
The nature of privacy in a technologically interconnected world; the role of computer technologies in the exercise of the human
intellect and imagination with respect to freedom of expression and the social good; rights and responsibilities of intellectual property
ownership. Prerequisites: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who
begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. 3
units

Philosophy 159: Philosophy of Mind
Problems in connection with emotion, intention, human action and personal identity. Prerequisite: 6 units of philosophy or instructor
consent. 3 units

Philosophy 160: Philosophy of Science Satisfies Advanced GE area R
Scientific methodology, explanation and verification; science and society. Varying topics from physical, biological and social
sciences. There will be a mediated and an online version of this course, as well as one standard section. Prerequisites: Completion of
Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or
a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. 3 units

Philosophy 186: Professional and Business Ethics (multiple sections) Satisfies Advanced GE area S
Interdisciplinary study of types of ethical problems which arise within the contexts and as a result of business occupations and
professions. Major ethical theories, critiques of economic justice, and decision-making techniques. Guest lectures. Case studies.
Prerequisites: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin
continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. 3 units

Philosophy 190: Seminar on Spinoza
An in depth reading of Spinoza’s Ethics with weekly discussions. Prerequisite: 9 units of philosophy including Phil 70A and 70B or
instructor consent. Repeatable for credit when seminar topic is different. 3 units

Philosophy 195: Seminar in the Philosophy of Law: “Outsider” Jurisprudence
We will read texts from the critical jurisprudence tradition. This body of research and practice includes Critical Race Theory, Feminist
Jurisprudence, Queer Theory, Asian Crit, Latino/a Crit and Indigenous Perspectives on the law. Prerequisites: 9 units of philosophy
including Phil 70A and 70B or instructor consent. Repeatable for credit when seminar topic is different. 3 units

Philosophy 290: Ordinary Language Philosophy
This seminar will look into the ordinary language philosophers of the mid-twentieth century and their work on such problems as
meaning and use, perception, mind-body, and other minds. Connections will be made to current work in experimental philosophy.
Prerequisites: 9 units of philosophy including Phil 70A and 70B or instructor consent. Repeatable for credit when seminar topic is
different. 3 units

Philosophy 292: Seminar on Kierkegaard
Students will participate in a close reading of Søren Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Postscript to
Philosophical Fragments. Prerequisites: At least one upper division course in ethics or value theory, or instructor consent.
Repeatable for credit when seminar topic is different. 3 units

				
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